The Christina and Louis Quilico Fund
2017 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition

Toronto – January 30, 2017

The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards Vocal Competition featuring the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

The competition will take place on February 13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  The competition will be adjudicated by a panel composed of Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, Sandra Horst, Chorus Master of the COC, and Adrianne Pieczonka, Canadian soprano opera singer.  The young artists featured in the February 13th competition will perform for cash prizes singing one aria of their choice and one aria selected by the judges.

“Louis had wanted to establish this (award) before he died,” says Christina Petrowska Quilico.  “It was really his vision to help young opera singers. Launching an award was something we could do to leave a legacy in memory of Louis’ success as a singer and as a support to future generations.”

This event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.

About the COC Ensemble Studio
The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 220 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy, and Krisztina Szabó.

The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. They receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

About the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards
Christina Petrowska-Quilico established the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund in 2000 to honour her late husband, renowned baritone, Louis Quilico, and to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists and composers for voice. During his 45 years on the stage, Louis Quilico shared performing credits with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Joan Sutherland and Renata Tebaldi. He was instrumental in furthering the careers of many young singers through his teaching and master classes. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.

Past Recipients

2008 Alexander Hajek, baritone (first prize)
Michael Uloth, bass (second prize)
Maghan Stewart, soprano (third prize)

2006 Sonja Gustafson, soprano (first prize)
Philip Carmichael, baritone (second prize)
Lawrence J. Wiliford, tenor (third prize)
Justin Welsh, baritone (encouragement award)

2003 Sinead Sugrue, coloratura soprano (first prize)
Miriam Khalil, soprano (second prize)
Ramona Carmelly, mezzo soprano (third prize)

About the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund
In September 2001, Christina Petrowska Quilico, widow of Louis Quilico, made a major donation of $10,000 to establish The Christina and Louis Quilico Fund at the Ontario Arts Council Foundation. The fund recognizes outstanding young singers, pianists, and composers for voice and is awarded annually. The first recipients were presented with their awards in March 2003.

Donations to the fund can be sent to:

The Ontario Arts Council Foundation
151 Bloor St. West, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1T6

To contribute, please make your cheque payable to:
Ontario Arts Council Foundation - Christina and Louis Quilico Fund
and mail to: The Ontario Arts Council Foundation
151 Bloor St. West, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1T6

or contact:

For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker,
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413     

Kristin McKinnon,
Publicist and Publications Coordinator, Canadian Opera Company
Tel: (416) 306-2383

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information on the COC, visit

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